Counting components while they are still in the feeder
Reels that are loaded in twin-track feeders (where one feeder services two reels) can now be counted with the same ease. Not only that, but for many makes of placement equipment, it is possible to count reels loaded in feeders, while the feeders are still mounted in the pick and place machine. The new version of Reel aMounts adds a patented combination of hardware and software to achieve this. Seratel has built on existing “Reel Magic” technology, which provides accurate weigh counting of component reels, making adjustments automatically for the empty leader and trailer tape on reels. This is essential for the task, as conventional algorithms without this technology can give errors of up to 150 components on reels of 0201 or 0402 parts. Also based on patented technology, Reel Magic matches the parameters of the reel against an inbuilt database of reel and component types, derived from measurements of thousands of SMT components. This allows it to tune its counting algorithms to make the best possible adjustment for empty tape in calculating the number of components on the reel.
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